We do not become yoga teachers just by taking yoga teacher training or getting yoga teaching certification. Being a good yoga teacher is more than understanding the body, postures and giving instructions to students.
An important aspect of a great yoga teacher development program is the implementation of feedback among the teachers. This is an opportunity for each of us to offer suggestions and impressions of 1 another's classes. It has sparked some intriguing discussion as to the benefits of feedback, how it works, and what we are able to learn from it.
Most of us aren't necessarily in relationships where we may often take a seat with a friend, family member, or romantic partner and review "how we're doing." Yet there are lots of times in our daily life where others ask us what we are thinking. We may keep quiet, perhaps from fear of confrontation. We could also view this as an opportunity to "feed one another back."
It has been said that feedback may be the "breakfast of champions." By feedback, i mean , the giving of caring (ahimsa) and honest (satva) information as an offering to a friend and colleague that could be helpful in their own personal or yoga teaching growth process.
What feedback doesn't mean is: criticizing from the place of reaction or non-helpful intention. It doesn't mean requesting someone to change a unique aspect of the things they share or offer, or changing their style or character since it is different from how you teach. There isn't any requirement for the person receiving the feedback to accept or implement the data.
The purpose of feedback is to help us all end up being the best yoga teachers, friends, colleagues, community, and society members we can be, while supporting our own individuality. The opportunity to give and receive feedback is exclusive; most relationships in our world are not based on mutual agreements to challenge each other to reach our higher potential. Yet, when because of the chance to offer something valuable, why not offer in a way that enables all of us to continually learn, grow, evolve, and become better communicators?
What is the best way to receive feedback? Request it. We are a natural resource for every other so why wouldn't you tap into that resource? Not simply will we grow tremendously from giving each other feedback, but the quality of the service we provide will increase, which benefits the whole world.
What is the the easy way give feedback? Originate from a place of respect and honoring. Proceed using the understanding that we all have gifts to offer. Start with something positive - what the person does or did well. Then, with "ahimsa" in your mind, we offer what the person might do better.
Very few people can actually reach their full potential by themselves; we all need help from the people that worry about us. This is the same reason why students arrived at yoga class.
When giving feedback: 1. Ask your partner if they would like to receive feedback. Ask them when and where they would like to receive it. 2. Keep it short and simple. 3. Start with at least one thing they are doing well, something you like concerning the way they teach yoga. Then say a minumum of one thing they could do even better. 4. Begin with a positive, after which offer up what skills they might improve upon.
When receiving feedback: 1. It is best to actively seek out feedback, to inquire about it. It doesn't only demonstrate our need to learn and grow, it makes it easier for each of us to give feedback.
2. Listen. You don't have to agree. It's not necessary to do anything with the information, but it is a chance to improve something which might not be working.
If someone says that they can't hear me inside a class, I want to know that. Basically use language that people don't understand, I need to know about it because I want to do my favorite and reach everyone. If I learn that the sequencing I personally use doesn't feel good to someone, I need to know that too.
It's possible that my sequencing was something specific for your one person and for most of the class it had been fine, at least I have the opportunity to consider the information, have fun with it myself and get others about this.
3. Thank the giver. It requires courage to offer feedback. This is an act of generosity.
Part of the value of feedback is that it strengthens our bond with another individual. It reminds us that we're all committed to giving our best.
The more we all do that, the better we serve those who come to us, and the greater our rewards is going to be on many levels.